|Nearest city||Newmanstown, Pennsylvania|
|Area||0.4 acres (0.16 ha)|
|Architect||John Kratz; Abe Bomberger|
|NRHP Reference #||75001649|
|Added to NRHP||June 26, 1975|
|Designated NHL||January 16, 1980|
Bomberger's Distillery, later known as Michter's Distillery, may at the time of its closing in 1989 have been the oldest distillery in the United States. The complex, located near Schaefferstown, Pennsylvania represents the transformation of whiskey distilling from an agricultural enterprise into a large-scale industry. The still house, warehouse, and jug house date from about 1840.
In 1753, John and Michael Shenk, Swiss Mennonite farmers, began distilling rye whiskey at the site. Sometime before 1860, Abraham Bomberger, a Pennsylvania Dutchman, purchased the distillery from the Shenk family. The distillery closed in 1919. With the lifting of Prohibition, Pennco Distillers acquired the property and made whiskey until 1978, when the distillery was sold to Michter's. The distillery closed in 1989 after Michter's filed for bankruptcy.
References and notes
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09.
- "Bomberger's Distillery". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2007-11-12.
- Ralph J. Christian (March, 1978). PDF (758 KiB). National Park Service and PDF (0.97 MiB)
- Yvonne Bomberger Fowler. "Legacy Of The Bomberger's Distillery". Retrieved May 5, 2006.[dead link]
- Michter's Jug House, Schaefferstown, Pennsylvania, John & Linda Lipman's American Whiskey web site, July 24, 2010
- Michters is sold to New Owners, the Ethan Smith Blog, June 8, 2011.
- Chatham Imports: Michter's
- The Whisky Portal
- The Louis Forman Business papers at Hagley Museum and Library focuses on the development and marketing of Michter’s whiskey, and primarily consists of advertising campaign materials and artwork, business plans and forecasts, deeds, contracts, information on brewing and distilling processes, union contracts, testimonial letters, and other correspondence. Forman also collected genealogical and historical information about the distillery, its early owners and the Lebanon-Lancaster County region; the Shenks family; and the famous Beam family of distillers.